Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Philadelphia police to move into former newspaper building

Philadelphia police to move into former newspaper building

For decades, the stone white tower of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building has stood along Broad Street, the electrically-lit clock tower acting as something of a beacon of truth in darkness.

The city said in a statement Wednesday that the new location, 400 N. Broad, is about 100,000 square feet larger than the Nutter pick. Officials say this plan makes more sense.

"Multiple parties have contacted us to express interest in developing 4601 Market St.", said Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning and Development for the City.

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On Wednesday, city officials touted the newspaper's former home as being more accessible to public transportation, having more room for police operations - the plan would include the consolidation of police services that are now located remotely, like the city's morgue, the fire and police communications unit and the 6th and 9th district buildings - while also providing a parking complex with 600 spaces for police use. "Not only can we locate more units in one space, but this location is also more accessible to the public and it creates fiscal and operations efficiencies for the City and our criminal justice partners". The city's already spent $50 million dollars for remediation on 4601 Market. The City also expects to realize savings by relocating the 6th and 9th Districts, which would have required future capital spending at their current facilities.

City officials say they will pursue development opportunities for the former insurance company site. That money will go toward the projected $288 million cost to rehab the North Broad building.

The police have been headquartered at a decaying building on 8th and Race Streets —called the Roundhouse — since 1963. Commissioner Ross said his officers approve of their new home. The city is also buying the adjacent parking garage with just under 600 spots. Philadelphia city officials announced plans Wednesday, May 24, 2017, to relocate the Philadelphia Police Department's headquarters to the building that served as the home of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News newspapers until 2012.

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